MLB Rumors: Cubs to pass on signing Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez

Sep 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs batting helmet sits on the dugout rail before the Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs are hungry for pitching, but aren’t willing to lose a draft pick over that hunger.

That’s the word from CSN Chicago who says the Cubs don’t have any interest in signing free agent pitchers Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez due to their ‘restricted’ status.

Both Santana and Jimenez were offered qualifying deals from their respective teams when free agency broke, forcing any signing team to forfeit a first round pick. Understandably, that’s not something the Cubs are interested in doing:

In terms of a Plan B, a major-league source said the Cubs are not planning to go after Santana or Jimenez, two pitchers who would require draft-pick compensation. The Cubs already have their No. 4 overall pick protected, and it’s not just about preserving 2014 bonus-pool money.

As noted, the Cubs wouldn’t lose their upcoming pick due to protection rules but rather feel Santana and Jimenez aren’t worth any type of compensation regardless. And given both are still awaiting a contract while many of their counterparts have been signed, it appears fellow MLB teams feel the same way.

Topics: Chicago Cubs, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez

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